We have done this for years. As a company we are very geographically distributed. Each user is given a boot CD with Ghost on that automatically backup their system partition onto a hidden partition (the boot disc also allows them to recover the drive). They run this once a month or just before an install of fresh software. The users data drive is backed up via Veritas remotely to a central location, also the ghost images are backed up for some at risk users. We also use Marimba to push out new software. This generally works quite well.With that kind of space I would have a "backup" partition or drive.
Once you have installed your OS and all your apps - take a ghost image of the system drive (with apps installed too) and store that image on a hidden partition of its own.
That way if you ever do need to reinstall your OS and apps, its a 10/20 minute job to restore the entire job lot.
The idea came from a system I was developing at my old place of work, allowing engineers to rebuild machines remotely - or indeed provide a tool that let end users rebuild their own machine back to a standard OS ad set of apps without the need for an engineer visit.
Redirect your my documents folder to another partition, and hey presto - rebuilding your machine and keeping your files is simple from now on.
And there is me thinking that t-i-t-s up is a technical term, wouldn't concider it as a swear word after all what happens if you see a blue tit in the garden and want to tell everyone about it.The only problem with that approach is total hard disk failure. Best way to implement would be to use your old 20 or 40GB disk as a secondary and ghost the image to that drive once you have all your base settings and software installed. That way if the drive failes or Windows goes *** up you are covered. I've seen too many hard drives fail to rely on a 2nd partition on a single drive to recover from.
Gives you something to use that old drive for too.
Especially when you see a nice pair of them going about their business.And there is me thinking that t-i-t-s up is a technical term, wouldn't concider it as a swear word after all what happens if you see a blue tit in the garden and want to tell everyone about it.